Say hello to….Yellow Bear Wares

We look forward to welcoming Fairy Tale Fair newbie Claire of Yellow Bear Wares, who you will find in our workshop room. Find out more about her wonderful quirky vintage knitting needle jewellery….

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….

Hello! my name is Claire, I design and make jewellery for my Etsy store Yellow Bear Wares. I’ve always been a maker but I am reasonably new to the world of ‘crafting to sell’ and so far I am really enjoying myself, I’m very excited to be a part of the Fairy Tale fair on November 16th.

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I create my jewellery using vintage and second hand plastic knitting needles. I design and make rings, bracelets, necklaces and I have just launched a new design of mine- knitting needle earrings!

They are the perfect gift to buy for a yarn lover, knitter, crochet fan, crafter or someone that appreciates the upcycled and quirky idea of jewellery made from knitting needles!

How long have you been making your craft items?

I started making knitting needle bracelets for friends and for myself a few years ago and then last year I decided to make some for my parents stall ‘One Bright Spark’ that they take to markets in the South West of England.

The process of making them for my parents enabled me to realise how much I missed the ‘hands on’ making part of my life as it had started to fade away what with work and life!

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I really enjoy the whole method, from rummaging through boot sales and charity shops to find my needles through to the challenge of experimenting and designing my items and having the final pieces ready to photograph and sell (or to add to my own jewellery box!). My Etsy shop has been open since February this year.

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it? And do you have some special festive items planned to sell?

My rings have proved to be very popular at the few craft fairs I have done, I think it’s a combination of the bright and funky colours and the idea of it’s previous life as a crafting implement that excites people.

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At The Fairy Tale Fair on the 16th of November I will be adding a new line to my stall: ‘EXTREME KNITTING NEEDLES!’ These are giant wooden knitting needles which are 61cm long that have been hand-made by my father. I will be running workshops alongside my stall giving you a chance to try knitting with these monsters. I will also have pairs of the needles available for purchase if you like what you have experienced or if you want the perfect Christmas gift for the knitter in your life!

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Designing and making! I love trying to think up new design ideas and literally noodleing about with my needles! When inspiration hits me I really enjoy trying to create the vision I have had, sometimes I am pleasantly surprised and it’s the mistakes that make the best results.

Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

I have a few fairs lined up in the run up towards Christmas. I’m excited to be doing Craftaganza for a weekend (30th November/1st December), Art Junky at the Phoenix for the first time on December the 14th, and also ‘We Made This’ on December 21st for those late gift buyers! It’s my first year doing the Christmas run so I’m currently trying to figure out just how much stock I’ll need and focusing on creating a display for my new designs.

I’ve just had some very exciting news that I will be participating in an open house in May next year, this will be a completely new experience for me and I’m looking forward to it already!

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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

I hope to develop and expand my Yellow Bear Wares activities, I’m thinking about opening an online Folksy store to help my UK sales base to grow. I have some new design ideas, which are a bit different to my current products but would fit the ‘knitting’ theme and I am hoping to get them out of my brain and into reality in the not too distant future!

Sum up what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less!:

Family, indulgence, loved ones, excitement, sparkle.

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/YellowBearWares

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YellowBearWares

Blog: http://yellowbearwares.wordpress.com

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Say hello to..Lilylou mosaics

Today we welcome a fair newbie- Lynn with her wonderful mosaic creations, find out more about her…

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….

I have been making decorative Mosaic Hearts, mosaic Birds and Trinket boxes as well as Mosaic pots.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

About 3 years

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it? And do you have some special festive items planned to sell?

My Hearts are my bestsellers, especially the ones using broken plates, the birds are also popular for hanging in the Garden. I will be doing some mirrored Snowflakes and Christmas trees for the Christmas fare.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I have always loved “playing “ around with Mosaics and adding bits here and there and creating unusual pieces, if I had the time I would do it all day long !! I find from cutting the pieces of tile to finishing off at the end very enjoyable, therapeutic and rewarding !!

Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

I have taken part in a local Church craft fare which was great.

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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

To carry on enjoying what I do and hopefully carry on with the Fairytale fair!!

Sum up what Christmas is to you in 5 words

Family, Magical, Giving and Peace.

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Any other comments you wish to make:

Look forward to seeing you !!

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts: 

www.facebook.com/lilyloumosaics

Say Hello To…Calico & Cotton

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….
We are a Mother and Daughter who have a passion for the Arts and Crafts! We opened up our Etsy shop in May 2012 mainly focusing on Rag Dolls but since then our shop has really grown with range of different items, including Bunting, Cushions, Personalised Felt Letters, Vintage Inspired Jewelry, Soft Toys, and more!:)
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How long have you been making your craft items?
About 1 1/2 years
Do you have a best seller? If so what is it? And do you have some special festive items planned to sell?
At the moment the best seller is the Felt Letter. I do a range of designs for them but also love love love, doing custom designs!:)
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What do you enjoy most about your craft?
I love that the road is endless with what you can do and make, its so much fun coming up with ideas and seeing the end result! 
Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?
Yes also this year I will be taking part in Made my Monday market and Barties:)
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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?
Would love to be able to have our items in shops and really just grow as a buisness.
Sum up what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less!:
Family
Fun
Magical
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Any other comments you wish to make:
We are extremley happy to be taking part in The Fairy Tale again, love it sooo much! Really great atmosphere, everyones so friendly and as a mother I think its really great for kids, they can do workshops and have thier face painted and we can shop!:)
Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:
www.etsy.com/shop/calicoandcotton
www.facebook.com/calicoandcotton
 

A Festive Welcome Back to Fairy Letters

We can’t wait to welcome back Fairy Letters once again to our fair, they joined us in the summer and last Christmas and customers fell in love with their super cute and detailed fairy letters! They couldn’t be more suited for our fair, and they make the perfect stocking fillers or gifts- personalised hand written letters from the fairies with lots of love!

Remind us about you and what you create?

I pop down to Brighton from London with bundles of handmade Fairy things. These included miniature, personalized fairy and elf letters, feather headbands, magic wands writing sets, wish jars, heart garlands and jewelry.

If you would like anything personalized in advance please send me an e-mail (fairyletters@strawbug.com) and will have them ready for you to pick up on the day. Can hide in a paper bag so little ones don’t guess what is inside!

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

We have limited edition stocking fillers including unicorn and fairy bracelets, thank you letter sets (1st place they will be sold!) and of course our Christmas special elf letters.

Will you be taking part in any other fairs over the Christmas period?

The Fairy Tale Fair is the only fair we are going to but we do take custom orders and sell through etsy.

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You have previously taken part in The Fairy Tale Fair. Did you enjoy the day?

I love coming to the Fairy Tale Fair, the atmosphere is brilliant and the face painting is second to none.

What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

In ‘real life!’ I work as a designer and design researcher which I love but am hoping the fairy business will continue to expand.

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Sum up what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less!:

Family, Friendship, Love, Laughter and Sparkles.

Any other comments you wish to make:

We can’t wait to see you all!

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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

Twitter: @fairyletters

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Strawbug

A Festive Welcome Back to….. Ilona’s Kitschen

Remind us about about you and what you create?

I work part time as a teacher of Science in a pupil referral unit in the city and make polymer clay charms. I have now added some resin charms to my collection.

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

I have some limited edition festive charms available, some resin Christmas decorations and some festive earrings. As it is the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who I will also have some Doctor Who pieces.

Will you be taking part in any other fairs over the Christmas period?

No. The Fairy Tale Fair is my craft fair of choice.

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You have previously taken part in The Fairy Tale Fair. Did you enjoy the day?

I love doing the Fairy tale Fair, the atmosphere is always great and I have met some lovely people.

What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

I went part time this September, which allows me to spend more time making things. So far on my day off I have been making festive bits and pieces and I have to say it is a great way to spend a day. It would be lovely to do this full-time but at the moment I really enjoy teaching Science, especially in such a challenging environment.

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Sum up what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less!:

Doctor Who Christmas special! Whoop!

Any other comments you wish to make:

I am really looking forward to the Fairy Tale Fair at Christmas. I had such a lovely time last year, met some really great people and enjoyed the festive atmosphere. See you there!

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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:
www.facebook.com/IlonasKitschen
Twitter: @ilona_dioxide

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween everyone! We hope you have a super spooky day! Lots of half term fun activities and Halloween Parties going on across Brighton and beyond! Got any Halloween crafty creations you’d like to share with us?! Send us pictures on our facebook page!

Here’s some Halloween Inspiration and fun… (all images sourced via Pinterest, and we do not own any of these creations (sadly))!

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Say Hello To…Sweet Dreams Candy Cart

We look forward to welcoming Natalie of Sweet Dreams Candy Cart back who joined us last Christmas. Her cart is beautiful and she will be selling some lovely yummy sweetie treats for kids and big kids!

Remind us about about you and what you create?

Hi My name is Natalie and I run Sweet Dreams Candy Cart, vintage sweet cart hire for weddings & special occasions. Also US style popcorn machine and lockable post box, wishing well hire. Also Sweet Cones and Jars.

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

I will be selling sweet cones, jars, snowman soup,  fabric heart wreaths and xmas candle jars.

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Will you be taking part in any other fairs over the Christmas period?

Yes I am booked into Belles Christmas fair at the Brighton Centre, Eastbourne’s lark in the park

You have previously taken part in The Fairy Tale Fair. Did you enjoy the day?

I had a lovely time at the last Fairy Tale Fair, I met some lovely suppliers, crafts persons and customers . There was some wonderful items on sale which make lovely Christmas presents.

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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

I am in the process in buying a Candy Floss machine

Sum up what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less!:

Family get together

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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

www.sweetdreamscandycart.co.uk

A Festive Welcome Back to….Jelly Roos

On this gloomy Sunday we bring a bit of cheer your way and welcome back the lovely Natasha of Jelly Roos…

Remind us about about you and what you create?

I’m a mum of three, who happily creates a range of tiny houses perfectly magical and useful aswell with hidden space inside accessed via the opening roof.

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

I will have some specially created little gingerbread houses

Will you be taking part in any other fairs over the Christmas period?

I’m at The Big fab Christmas Boutique in worthing on 7th December, We Made This on 21st December in the Friends Meeting House Brighton and Made My Monday every Monday up until Christmas in Seaford The Clinton Centre

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You have previously taken part in The Fairy Tale Fair. Did you enjoy the day?

I always enjoy the day, it has such a warm atmosphere..its my first Christmas fairy tale fair though and I can’t wait!

What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

Being able to continue creating items that are special to me but are loved by others too.

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Sum up what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less!:

Sparkly, magical family time!

Find out more:

www.jellyroos.com

www.etsy.com/shop/JellyRoos

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A Festive Welcome Back to… Karen Rao – Felt Artist

Today we are excited to welcome back Karen and her ever popular felt workshop! Make sure you don’t miss her in our workshop room!

Remind us about about you and what you create?

I am a Felt Artist who creates hand felted dog inspired hats and many other animals inspired by their wonderful colours, textures …. and ears! I create an array of hand felted goodies from floral corsages, felt wrapped pebbles and bold wall art!

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

No, we will be making special festive creations! My felt making workshop will involve “Felting a Christmas Bauble” Using a plastic ball as a base, we will wrap it in wool, add our festive character …. or pretty pink rabbits (or anti festive spiders or black cats) and rub with soap and water, then voila! We have created handmade felt. It’s always great fun, suitable for all ages. Maybe this time Mums and Dads, let the kids have a go!!!

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Will you be taking part in any other fairs over the Christmas period?

This is my year for trying all sorts, so here goes:
Makers Boutique: 23 November, 7 and 21 December
Makers Boutique – Brighton Fishing Gallery: 26 October – 21 December
Brighton Craft Fair: 14 December
Brighton Open Houses: Cicada House Christmas Cracker (Fiveways)
Teresa Wincester and Friends (by Preston Park)
Magik (in North Laines)

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You have previously taken part in The Fairy Tale Fair. Did you enjoy the day?

It’s always such an enjoyable day, especially seeing everyones creations, but also having a quick catch up with all my Arty chums too!

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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

Every now and then something surprising happens that takes me in a new direction. I find that exciting – not knowing what great things the future holds. I’m enjoying holding felt making workshops, I’m holding an after school club at the moment and one day I’ll hold regular adult classes ….

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Sum up what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less!:

Cosy log fire with family

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

http://karenrao.com/
https://www.facebook.com/karen.rao2
http://karenrao.etsy.com
https://twitter.com/KarenFeltArtist

Applications are released!

Today our application for our christmas fair on the 16th November have been released! If you didn’t get an application no need to worry as you can apply here: thefairytalefair.wordpress.com/application-form.

All details are on the application. Hope to hear from lots of you and good luck!

Please note: There is over 200 of you on the mailing list for stalls now, and only 34 stalls available- so places are very limited. Please don’t be disappointed if we don’t accept you this time, and don’t let that put you off applying again in the future.

Applications close on Sunday September 15th so don’t delay. Stall holders will be announced on here at the beginning of October.

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Christmas Date Announced!

Yes we know it is August but Christmas is just around the corner!! Lots of you have been asking about our Christmas date, so we have announced is as…(drumroll!…) SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 2013!

Make sure you don’t miss the festive magic! Again we will be at the same venue, Patcham Methodist Church, Ladies Mile Road, Brighton.

Again there will be over 35 craft stalls, workshops, face painting, vintage tearoom and much more!

Save the date!!

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The Fairy Tale Fair Summer 2013!

Well the day has finally been and gone and what a magical day it was! Full of crafts, vintage tearoom, cakes, workshops and more! There were lots of you through the door once again and we heard some lovely comments about the fair and standard of stall holders.

We also held a charity raffle for the Brighton RSPCA, where our stall holders kindly donated handmade prizes to be won!  We raised £189 which has gone directly to the Patcham shelter to help the animals!

Some photos of the day follow and view them all on facebook here. Thanks to Kate Trevor for the photography. View her site here.

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Hello DODO

Hello DODO

Ilona Drew

Ilona Drew

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I like CATS

Cat-a-Cake Creations

Cat-a-Cake Creations

Little Mouses

Little Mouses

Fairy Letters

Fairy Letters

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Mooshpie

Jelly Roos

Jelly Roos

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We raised £189!!

Check back tomorrow for details of our Christmas fair!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Fair is TODAY!!!

In case you haven’t heard The Fairy Tale Fair is today! Join us from 10.30am at Patcham Methodist Church, Ladies Mile Road, Brighton.

Crafts, jewellery, vintage, face painting, workshops, kids fun, charity RSPCA Brighton raffle, vintage tearoom and more!!

Can’t wait to see lots of you today!

Need help finding us? Find out how here

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1 day to go!! Reason 1 to visit: Our Stall Holders!!

Well the big day is almost upon us and just over 24 hours to go until we open our doors to all you lovely lot!

Reason 1 to visit: our super stall holders! You will find over 35 of them nestled in Patcham Methodist Church, Brighton. From jewellery, to greetings cards, prints, to vintage, ceramics to knitted creations, chocolates to soaps, bunting to face painting and much much more!

See our stall holders page for a full list of who will be joining us on the day.

We can’t wait to welcome back Fairy Tale Fair regulars and also so new faces too! They will all help make our 1st Birthday extra special!

Come along tomorrow and meet them all!

Amanda- Maygreen Fairies

Amanda- Maygreen Fairies

George- Polka Dot Cloud

George- Polka Dot Cloud

Ali & Jam Hello DODO`

Ali & Jam Hello DODO`

cheska- Mooshpie

cheska- Mooshpie

Calico & Cotton

Calico & Cotton

Ilona Drew This

Ilona Drew This

Irene Dobson

Irene Dobson

Natasha- Jelly Roos

Natasha- Jelly Roos

Karen Rao Felt Artist

Karen Rao Felt Artist

3 Days to go! Join us and Take Part in a Workshop!

Reason 3 to visit our fair this Saturday the 10th August: Take part in one of our workshops!

We will have a craft workshop room full of delights to take part in, suitable for all ages!

Joining us in the workshop room we have:

Show Me Shiny things– beaded jewellery workshop. Make your own jewellery to take away, lots of fun to be had with big selection of wonderful beads!

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Karen Rao Felt Artist– wet felt workshop- create a 2D cute animal character, gift a felted rock or make a felt ice lolly- the possibilities are endless and this workshop is always popular with all ages!

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Mini Patissierre– Polymer clay jewellery workshop. Learn the art of making miniture creations from polymer clay, then take home to bake youself. Make a mini clay cake, or doughnut or anything you wish!

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AnneMarie Hughes: Fused Glass workshop. Learn the art of how fused glass jewellery and creations are made. Annie is bringing a mini kiln to show you the process from start to finish. Demonstrations throughout the day.

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Emily Makes– Make a wonderful sweetie butterfly. One for the kids to enjoy making the cute and colourful character to store a few yummy sweeties!

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Also in the workshop room will be I Do Brighton Beauty who will be providing a range of beauty treatments at special prices for the fair. Including manicures, pedicures, massage and more. Find out more in her interview post here.

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Can’t wait to see you all take part in a workshop on Saturday! It’s going to be magical!!

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